GOODGETNBETR's SparkPeople Blog GOODGETNBETR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Girls Night Out (Joke) The other night I was invited out for a night with "the girls." <BR> I told my husband that I would be home by midnight. "I promise!" <BR> Well, the hours passed and the margaritas went down way too easy. <BR> Around 3 a.m., a bit blitzed, I headed for home. <BR> Just as I got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hall started up and cuckooed 3 times. <BR> Quickly realizing my husband would probably wake up, I cuckooed another 9 times. <BR> I was really proud of myself for coming up with ... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 09:57:26 EST Week 5 Winter 5% Challenge Weigh In Every pound lost is more freedom. Freedom from the tightness of clothes. Freedom from disempowering beliefs that you can't do this. Freedom from less pain and greater agility. You get the drift. Changing our lives isn't easy, if it were we'd all be doing it 24/7. That's what makes Sparkpeople such a great asset for anyone desiring to improve their health: the community. Like minded souls on the same journey, who can support others and be supported. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img sr... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 15:03:26 EST Week 4 Winter 5% Challenge Weigh In Visual proof of progress. Good to get back on track after the gain for week 3. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My health goals for February are: <BR> 1. walk at least a mile each day <BR> 2. lose at least 8 pounds <BR> <BR> What are your goals for February? Sun, 4 Feb 2018 00:48:04 EST Week 2 Winter 5% Challenge Weigh In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Was sore this morning from yesterday's unexpectedly long ride (next time phone with Maps on handlebars) but it was a strong finish to a good week. Stayed in calorie range most days and stayed active. Seems to be working. Slow and steady... <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> Next week will work on adding in more veggies and riding more with the warmer weather. <BR> <BR> Let's stay after it! ... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:40:44 EST Week 1 Winter 5% Challenge Weigh In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Didn't hit the gym like I wanted but I stayed in my calorie range most days and walked when I could. Hope to keep it steady like this, one to two pounds per week, for most of 2018. Really want to hit that 50 lb goal. <BR> <BR> To everyone else working this 5% challenge or just challenging yourself stick with it... <em>137</em> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:10:01 EST New Beginnings... I want to get back in the habit of posting a weigh in pic every weekend again. This is from Thursday the 4th, two days before the 5% Winter Challenge started. Posting this one as I didn't have one of actual weigh in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> to everyone doing the 5% Challenge or simply challenging yourselves to be a little healthier in 2018. Sun, 7 Jan 2018 12:30:06 EST Goals for 2018 They say... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I'm keeping it simple for 2018 so I can stay focused. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Lose at least 50 pounds. <BR> 2. Declutter my life. <BR> 3. Run in at least 3 races. <BR> <BR> There are other things I will be working on... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> but my daily focus will go to #1 and I have a... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 19:57:24 EST 10/14/2017 Weigh In (#8) - Biking more Thanking God for the great deal I got on my new Specialized Hardrock. Got it for $20. It needed a little TLC, previous owner ripped off the derailleur in the rear wheel, but I took the time and got it going again. Needs more work but even with the knobby tires it's really light and fast. Once I put on the smoother tires my GF got me a few years ago, and this weight keeps coming off, I see me creeping towards an even higher average speed. <BR> <BR> This week coming in at 250.4 lbs <BR> ... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:59:03 EST 10/07/2017 Weigh In (#7) Fall 5% Challenge begins...Weight of the Nation (HBO) Up a few pounds this week but not worried about it. Using the Fall 5% Challenge to push myself towards my goal of ending the 8 weeks at 239 lbs or less by the final weigh in on Saturday December 2nd. Learned a lot about diet from watching HBO's Weight of the Nation. Looking forward to implementing a few of the strategies they discussed to help me reach my goal. If you're interested I believe you can stream it for free online at: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 00:56:32 EST 10 01 2017 Weigh In (#6) - Fort4Fitness...done! Runner race tips. Not sure why but I always dread the day of the race. Signing up? Always enjoyable. Race day? Not so much. But I showered, got dressed and even though I was a few minutes late I crossed the start line. Took a few minutes before I started coming up on the back of the pack but slowly started making progress. Honestly I walked most of it but I really had a great time, so much to take in. Did the 4 miles in just under 69 minutes. Felt so good afterwards I pumped up my bike tires and went ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 22:47:15 EST 8 27 2017 Weigh In (#5) Didn't weigh myself every day this week but kept a pretty accurate food log. Think that helped account for this week's loss. Will bring back intermittent fasting this week, whenever possible. <BR> <BR> 8/27/2017 Weigh in is 249.8 pounds <BR> From Start (258): -8.2 <BR> From Last Week (250.4): -0.6 <BR> Blood pressure: 125/80 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you, like me, thought Nutrigrain bars were better than P... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:59:02 EST 8 19 2017 Weigh In (#4) Started weighing in daily starting on Monday and it's been helping me stay more accountable. That, entering my foods and drinking more water have all helped me achieve this week's loss. This week I'll be adding fruit and/or vegetables daily and more proteins. <BR> <BR> <BR> 8/19/2017 Weigh in is 250.4 pounds <BR> From Start (258): -7.6 <BR> From Last Week (252.6): -2.2 <BR> Blood pressure: 127/79 <BR> <img src=" Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:40:59 EST 8 12 2017 Weigh In (#3) - IM...again? and new a Shout Out! Actually I'm intermittently fasting now (6 to 12 hours or more with not eating) but want to start doing it with less processed foods. I've also thought about Atkins but only for induction as the videos out there seem very encouraging and sometimes what you need is a quick win to keep you engaged and motivated. <BR> <BR> 8/12/2017 Weigh in is 252.6 pounds (I know I missed last weeks...sue me) <BR> From Start (258): -5.4 <BR> From Last Week (255.8): -3.2 (2 weeks ago) <BR> Blood pressure (n... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 14:45:49 EST 7 29 2017 Weigh In (#2) - Do you weigh daily? Apparently all the things we've been hearing about the pitfalls of daily weighing don't add up. Listening to "Cut the Fat Podcast" Dr. Ray spoke about a study that showed that people who weighed themselves daily lost more weight overall than those that weighed weekly. Even more than those that weighed in every other day. If you've created a dreamboard or look at your bucket list daily how much more likely are you to achieve/do those things as opposed to the person that maybe looks at their... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:55:33 EST 2017: Operation Rekindle...The Last Beginning. They say if you never quit you never fail. But if you succeed couldn't that energy be used for new adventures? <BR> <BR> July 22nd Weigh In 258.0 <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:44:06 EST Winter 5% Challenge - Final Weigh In Pic and thoughts Looks like I've lost a little over 10 lbs since starting this challenge with this awesome team. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> While I stayed in my calorie range most days, which is a start, I know the key lies in eating more healthfully. Less processed and fewer barcodes. For now I will enjoy this victory knowing that it may not be as glamorous as 80 days around the world in a hot air balloon, baby steps too will take... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:39:26 EST Winter 5% Challenge - Weigh In Pic & Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Didn't get as far weight wise in 2016 as I hoped but I have a good feeling about 2017. <BR> <BR> Goals <BR> 1 - Track everything I eat (the good the bad & the ugly) <BR> 2 - Walk or gym at least half hour a day at least 5 days a week <BR> 3 - Drink at least 8 cups of water (not including what's in food) <BR> 4 - Get at least 6.5 hours of sleep a day <BR> <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:19:42 EST Week 2 Weigh-In Pic and one of my favorite tv shows... Been eating less but not a whole lot better yet except for adding in some broccoli and fruit. Walking more and hitting the weights once or twice a week and drinking more water. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyone else watch Archer? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 9 Oct 2016 02:43:54 EST Starting Again...With Weekly Weigh-In Photos This worked years ago in helping me stay accountable by posting these like entering all, or at least most, of what I eat during the day. <BR> <BR> This guy intends to meet the Fall 5% Challenge! Good luck to everyone that's participating. <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:28:30 EST Who makes these changes? I was watching "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and one of the characters said something that I had to look up. It's from a poem by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi and it struck me deeply. The gap between what we want and what we get. Here it is: <BR> <BR> I shoot an arrow right. <BR> It lands left. <BR> I ride after a deer and find myself <BR> Chased by a hog. <BR> I plot to get what I want <BR> And end up in prison. <BR> I dig pits to trap others <BR> And fall in. <BR> <BR> I should be suspicious <BR> ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:36:01 EST My Summer 5% Challenge - Motivation 10 things that will motivate me to stay on task over the next 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> 1. To be an example to those close to me that this is possible. Even when you regain, as I have, you have to be willing to not be afraid to try again. <BR> <BR> 2. To get back to where I can run comfortably again. I never thought I'd say this but I miss it. <em>39</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3. To get back to where lo... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:41:59 EST Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In Pic Week 4 <img src=""> <BR> Happy Saturday! Not sure how I got here (ok, I have a clue) but all I can say is our bodies are amazing. Weighed in on Wednesday and was up and even though I figured it was water and what I ate Monday and esp. Tuesday I just started reapplying eating less with IF and stepping up the exercise a little, with mostly walking. Consistency pays the bills. <BR> <BR> This week, as we make our way vi... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:13:51 EST Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In Pic Week 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi all. Been keeping up with the IF most days of the week but now I'm trying to incorporate more weight bearing exercises. GF recently gave me some workout DVDs (hint, hint:) so I'm going to start incorporating those. Still working on the food but I feel it has gotten better. Now just need to post most if not all of it. <BR> <BR> Let's stay strong Starfish and all Summer Challengers! ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:45:47 EST Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In Pics Week 1 & 2 <img src=""> <BR> Week 1 - Decided to get back to intermittent fasting and once again it works. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Week 2 - The 4th and several days after I went back to mostly old patterns of eating: too much and too often. Got back to watching cals and IF on Wednesday and it helped turns things back in the right direction ... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:50:41 EST Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In It's hard looking back sometimes. Especially if what you're looking back at seems better than the current reality. I look back at 2014 blogs, with scale pics showing less than 200 lbs, and can't help but wonder: what went wrong? Why did I let it slip to return once more to where I am again...uncomfortable? No need for Columbo or Poirot to figure this one out? While exercise has been fairly consistent I know that I've been eating Horribly. Yes, it deserves a capital H. For example last ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:31:48 EST Official Weigh In for Fall 5% Challenge - San Marino here I come! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing all the Walkers, Runners, Joggers and Gadgeteers a great trip. <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:27:25 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Week 8 of 8 - It's never over Slender, slim, thin, lean, sexy...what have you, never ends. I'm slowly coming to understand that it's a state of mind. A state achieved the more mindful we are. Kind of like A New York State of Mind (Love that song) but with more benefits. In summary, didn't hit my goal of 187 but for the 2nd challenge in a row I'm lighter than when I started and that's progress. If I keep this up come Christmas folks may not recognize me. Please Santa, do me a solid :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:08:21 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Week 6 of 8 - Running again Don't know if it's the running again or just being more mindful of how much I eat but so far so good. Started off with just a mile several days ago with the goal to add about 10% in mileage every other day. Was scheduled to do 1.4 miles today but pushed a little longer for a little over 1.5. If I keep adding 10% should be up to speed (get it) for the 10K I signed up for in September. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's go WRJ & ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 23:34:22 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Week 1/8 Up, up and away! Dang, so not the start I wanted but hey sometimes you miss before you get it. And who the heck knew that Boston Mahket made such a good apple pie?!? Also, around Thursday I stopped drinking water because earlier in the week I drank what I thought was a lot. And as weird as that sounds reducing water intake can actually drive the body to hold water not knowing where or when the next glass may be coming. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:56:16 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Beginning Weigh In Yes, a few days late but still in it to lose it. Hoping to post weigh in pics for the next 8 weeks because no matter how nice I ask the scale won't lie for me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> GOAL: 187.9 lbs <BR> by August 16th, 2014 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:49:43 EST 5% Spring Challenge WK 8 - Or as Maxwell Smart might say... Missed it by THAT much. Goal was 201.4 and I came in this morning at 202.2. They say close only counts in horseshoes and slow dancing so I'll take it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel confident it'll happen in the next week or two, no hurry except to get back on track with my running. I only run over 200 if my life's in danger so looking forward to getting that going again. Thanks to all the team leaders that made this roun... Sat, 31 May 2014 12:59:23 EST 5% Spring Challenge WK 7 Focused on those few key areas and it seems to be paying off. Nothing crazy or extreme but changing what needed changing. Only 1 week left of this challenge and it would be <em>345</em> for once to reach my 5% goal. It won't be easy but few things worth attaining ever are. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 24 May 2014 17:11:02 EST 5% Spring Challenge WK 6 A little up this week but truthfully it could've been worse. Going to step it up a bit in a few areas this week and see about swinging it back the other way. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's rock these last two weeks Stars! <em>381</em> Sat, 17 May 2014 20:01:51 EST 5% Spring Challenge WK 5 Amazing what a month can bring. Have been up and down but going to stick with photo accountability for the remainder of this challenge, maybe beyond, as it seems to keep me on track like nothing else. <BR> <BR> The truth shall set you free. Let's see. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 10 May 2014 18:46:49 EST 5% Spring Challenge WK 1...Please Pass The Fiber <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So far, so good. Down a little over 3 pounds. The secret? 1st half of week was just trying to stay within calorie range by posting foods eaten (keeps me honest) and then in the 2nd half of the week I got the bright idea to give Atkins a try...again. According the Jimmy Moore's Living La Vida Low Carb podcast #389 (great interview with Jackie Eberstein R.N., worked with Dr. Atkins since 1974) Induction isn't ab... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:09:50 EST Spring 5% Challenge - Starting Weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In case you can't see it's 212.4 lbs. Goal's 201.4 in 8 Weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>141</em> es! <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 23:33:57 EST February 22nd Weigh In and Star Trek Bra Tech Down to 212 lbs. Getting back there slowly but surely. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now onto the fun stuff. I've seen Star Trek: Into Darkness a few times a while ago and it just dawned on me that the tech in that movie is inconsistent. <BR> Figured out how to travel faster than light <em>48</em> <BR> Super Humans <em>48</em> <BR> Interplanetary Transport <em>48</em> <BR> Super Futuristic Bra <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:57:20 EST 02 08 2014 Official Weigh In Missed last week's picture weigh in but back on track this week and down to 215 lbs. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 23:00:28 EST Ladies...Listen Up If you're in or on anything sporty, sure this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> will get you there. <BR> <BR> But this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> is WAY more fun <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Drive safely Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:23:43 EST Heaviest in years?!?...Dietbet...Goals for 2014 Namaste. Wishing you all a happy 2014. What's the date? Better late than never right. Anyway, where to begin. I'll let the picture tell it and try to fill in the gaps. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow! I still can't believe this number. For the longest time I thought how do those folks that lose all that weight eventually find their way back to the beginning again? While not quite at my start weight of 260 lbs back in 2007... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:48:12 EST Fitbit Found & Oil Shootout (Purty Colors) I guess it all does come out in the wash, cause that's where I finally found my Zip. This may sound weird but when it was lost I noticed I wasn't as excited about my walks, especially shorter ones. Reunited...and it feels so good! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also found this cool oil comparison chart when looking up calories in a bag (not a cup) of microwave popcorn. For those curious about 270 (Butter). <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:32:04 EST Fast 2 Results - 49 hours Waking Weight: 194 <BR> <BR> Sunday and especially Monday weren't as bad as the 1st attempt. Was actually feeling pretty energetic last night, like I wanted to run. Also noticed less soreness overall. No solid foods but did add in soup and Diet Coke. For next attempt dropping soda and bringing back black coffee. Fished up lunch around 1pm and next goal is 1pm on Saturday. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:10:29 EST Day 1, Take 2 - Tired + Hungry = Eating Waking Weight: 196 (posting daily weigh ins here but not updating SP til Saturday) <BR> <BR> Good news: made it over 13 hours without eating but it was a long day. When I finally kicked back to relax I noticed somewhere between the movie "Olympus Has Fallen" and the season 4 opener of "The Walking Dead" I had eaten. Also good news is what I ate: 4 small oranges, a medium green apple and a can of Benita's Jalepeno Black beans w/ lime juice (pretty tasty). With the type of work I do (plus ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:45:55 EST Day 1 of Water Fast. And so it begins... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Doing this to record my fasting journey. From what I've read the 1st 3 to 4 days are the hardest and heck I just want to share all that joy with you all. No goal in mind, although it was encouraging to see so many youtubers reporting on their 14 and 21 day fasts. It would be nice to make it two weeks. Yes, this is partly about weight loss but moreover it's about seeing if I've got the fortitude to go the dista... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:39:48 EST Anyone done or doing the 5:2 diet or other IF? With all the talk of Ramadan and fasting I started digging and learned that there are benefits to calorie restriction and came across this interesting BBC special. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can check out the video here on Dailymotion (58 min): <BR> <link><BR>-fast-live-longer-hd_shortfilms </link> <BR> <BR> Curious what your experiences have been using 5:2 or other kinds of intermitte... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:58:17 EST It's on! 10% Challenge begins today. +Great Link <BR> Hey everyone. Been away for a bit but have a whole new inspiration to carry me through the next 6 months and hopefully keep me Sparkin. Finally made it over to the Y for my official beginning weigh-in for the 10% challenge. I was thinking high 180s but was shocked to see 194.75 on that very expensive looking doctor's scale. At least I hadn't shrunk so that's good news and I wasn't completely naked. <BR> <BR> Now that the nice gentleman verified me in the system I... Wed, 8 May 2013 20:55:45 EST Adjust Your Thinking... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What have you got to lose? Sun, 3 Mar 2013 23:52:14 EST Winter 5% Challenge. My road map. Today, they say, is the last day to sign up for a team of your choice.<BR>individual.asp?gid=58570 <BR> After that, may God have mercy on your undecided soul. <BR> <BR> I've been doing these challenges for a while and to me it's even better than blogging. To look back over the years and see the weigh-ins from all those challenges of yesteryear is inspirational. It reminds me of where I started from and it's reassuring to see that what once was ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:32:03 EST GymPact - CASH...My New Motivator in 2013 Are you constantly missing opportunities to exercise, only to regret them later? Well, if you join Gympact <link> </link> those days will be over! Or you'll be parting with cold hard cash. Or at least more than you currently are if you gym membership is like mine and covered with so much dust you're tempted to scribble "wash me" on it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Simple concept: Download the FREE app for ei... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:41:56 EST 2012 in the rearview and 2013 dead ahead! Happy new year to you all. <BR> <BR> Son and me taking a 3 mile walk at Foster Park on New Year's Day. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Taking a moment to reflect on 2012 and set some goals for 2013. <BR> <BR> Overall, not a bad year. Ended better than it started, thanks mainly to the new job. The transition could have been better but lessons were learned and I'm thankful for this opportunity. Peace of mind helps reaching any... 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